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Month: May 2011

Bismarck/Mandan flooding

21 of North Dakota’s 53 counties are federal disaster areas.  The communities of Bismarck/Mandan are dealing with excessive amounts of water from rains in western North Dakota and eastern Montana in recent weeks.  This water flows through the  Missouri River system and is normally controlled by the Garrison Dam.  This year there is so much water that the dam is releasing HUGE  amounts of water and it is raising a ruckus downstream.  The radio is reporting at least 1000 homes will be flooded.  1500 ND Guard troops have been activated.  Some reports say that it may take most of the summer to move the water downstream. The goal is to fill 4,000,000 sandbags. As  of this morning, I am aware of two LCMS members of Messiah, Mandan who are sandbagging or evacuating their homes.  I know of one LCMS business that is sandbagging.  Messiah, Mandan has 2 RV’s with hookups (they have 3 hookups available) available for folks to use.  Plesae remember the people of these communities in your individual and corporate prayers.   Share this on:...

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Sponsor a Kid

At a lunch meeting last week, it was decided to seek sponsorships for 15 Native American children to attend camp at Shepherds HIll Retreat this summer.  Pastor Joel Brandvold will identify the children.  A week at camp costs about $150. To date, 6 sponsorships are available.  Shepherds HIll has hosted Native American children at summer camps in the past. This is an intentional effort to increase that number.  If you are interested in sponsoring a child, send your gift (for any amount) to: ND District, PO Box 9029, Fargo, ND 58106-9029.  Make a note on the check that it is for : SHRC summer sponsorship. Share this on:...

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Minnesota Legislators, North Dakota Bankers, and Kenyan Orphans

“Kurt Daudt, a Republican from Crown who as been elected to his first term in the state House, has been selected by his 30 fellow House Republican freshman to serve as an assistant majority leader”, is the headline I saw on a website not long ago.  Kurt Daudt was a county commissioner when I took him with me to Kenya several years ago.  The title “Commissioner” seemed to have a great influence on the Kenyans that we traveled with.  There was a lot of discussion about Kurt’s political career and what it could mean.  One of these discussions led to a prediction by our Kenyan hosts that Barak Obama would run for President and that he would win.  Kurt made the observation that the Kenyans knew more about our politics than many of us did.  Kurt has an eye for photography and I appointed him our “official trip photog”.  Here is some of his work.   Another one of our trip mates was Robert Wurl of Hankinson.  Bob works for a bank and has a passion for Mission work and is involved with his youth group.  Bob has been instrumental in the Project 24 progress. Once last picture from Kurt – probably my all time favorite. Share this on:...

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Hibbing Quilts, North Dakota Teachers, and Kenyan Orphans

Quilts for Kenya Grace Lutheran Church, Hibbing, MN Quilters of Grace had a unique opportunity come to them a few years back. Quilt forty quilts for orphans in Kenya. At the time it seemed like a big order. These quilts were also to have a pocket on the back to hold a Catechism. It took months of steady work to complete the job. The ladies of Hibbing brushed off the threads on our clothes and said, “Well, that’s done.” We did not expect to hear about quilts for Kenya again. They were packed up and sent to St. Louis where the catechisms were placed in the pockets. Quilting for missions are missions of faith. Quilts are sent off to various places with faith that they will reach those for whom they were meant, and that they will bring comfort and God’s love. Imagine our surprise and excitement when we received a letter from a worker for the rescue centers. And pictures. A whole disc filled with pictures of happy children’s faces, and quilts on beds, their colors brightening the room. It was one of those times when we heard God say, “Well done, my children.” One of the interesting memories that I have of partnerships and the network of connections happened on 2006.  I went with Joanne Drevlow, pictured with the baby, Rachel Sharpe, Bill Sharpes daughter and Roger...

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The Bishop’s Cross

I had the privilege this week to visit with and make a presentation to the Minnesota North District Board of Directors and talk about our partnerships especially the work that we have done in Africa.  From the Hibbing quilting ladies (you’ll hear about them soon) to the LWML, Minnesota North entities and individuals have partnered with many projects including the Project 24 rescue centers. I will not presume to make an announcement of what the Board decided.  I will leave that to President Fondow and hopefully he will reveal the decision on this site.  I do want to share the presentation that I was able to make to him of a “Bishops Cross”.  But first the story of how the Cross came to be. When we visited Kenya in February introductions of the visitors started to get awkward.  The concept of a “District President” would take too long to explain, but everyone that we visited with knew what a Bishops was.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya has 4 Bishops, one of which is the “Archbishop”.  The duties and responsibilities of the Bishops corresponds to what the District Presidents in the LCMS do.  So we started to introduce President Baneck of North Dakota and President Fondow from Minnesota North with the title, “Bishop”.  At first both of the the District Presidents were reticent to use that title but after...

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